Webcast: future of the IET

4 October 2013
IET Communications team
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Nigel Fine, Andy Hopper, Barry Brooks, Kate Bellingham

IET chief executive Nigel Fine, outgoing president Andy Hopper, incoming president Barry Brooks, and Kate Bellingham.

Nigel Fine, Andy Hopper, Barry Brooks, Kate Bellingham

IET chief executive Nigel Fine, outgoing president Andy Hopper, incoming president Barry Brooks, and Kate Bellingham.

Latest ‘MyVoice’ event sees IET chief executive and presidents in conversation with members from around the world.

IET chief executive Nigel Fine was joined by new IET president Barry Brooks and his predecessor Andy Hopper yesterday to discuss the future of the IET in a live webcast.

Hosted by TV presenter and IET member Kate Bellingham, the 40-minute interactive stream allowed members to ask the Institution’s senior figureheads about their plans for the future, and issues facing the engineering community as a whole. Members were also encouraged to contribute through social media and via email in the days running up to the webcast.

A number of questions were received from members around the world on topics including encouraging young people to pursue careers in engineering, whether the term ‘Engineer’ should be protected, and how IT professionals are catered for by the IET.

Having started his term as president on 1 October, Barry Brooks set out his intentions for the year ahead: “The themes that I want to pursue this year are to encourage more members to be volunteers, because we are limited by the amount of resources we’ve got to deploy, particularly beyond the UK. If more volunteers can assist, we can achieve a lot more. [And secondly] even though we’re quite big – 150,000 plus members – we can’t do it all. So we’re looking for more opportunities to collaborate with others.”

As the IET enters the second year of its 10-year strategy, chief executive Nigel Fine gave an update on the progress made: “We are very clearly focusing on improving value and doing more things that add more value to our members, and to the community we serve. Knowledge is very important for our members – it helps them to do their jobs, helps them to improve professionally and helps us engage with the wider community.”

On his year as president, Andy Hopper said: It’s not just a privilege but a pleasure to be president of the IET. I’m very pleased that a number of things have taken shape, namely the refurbishment of Savoy Place, which I think will provide a fantastic facility particularly for members in the future, and other things such as the Diamond Scholarships. Our engagement with the younger generation has gone up a huge notch.”

If you missed the webcast, you can watch it ‘on demand’ via IET.tv. If you have any suggestions for future webcasts, please email myvoice@theiet.org.

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